Christleton High School footballers are aiming to end a fine season with success on the national and international stage.
Six straight wins have booked the Year 9 boys team a place in the English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) PlayStation Open Schools Cup final.
And it could be a Chester double as Blacon High School’s Year 9 team have reached the final of the ESFA PlayStation Small Schools’ Cup.
Christleton beat Stanley High School (Sefton), Bishop Heber High School (Malpas), Calday Grange Grammar School (Wirral), Priory School (Shrewsbury), South Hunsley High School (East Riding) and St Augustine’s RC High School (Billington) to reach the final.
Now the boys will face Coombe Boys School in the final on Tuesday, May 20 at the 24,000-seater Madejski Stadium – home of Championship club Reading.
As if that was not enough, the team has been selected to represent the ESFA and will compete for the Allen McKinstry Cup in the British Isles Schools’ Championship.
Bringing together the best schools from England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the competition takes place at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre between May 23 and 25.
School football coordinator Calum McIntyre, who has managed the team since Year 7, said the players deserve huge credit for what has been achieved.
He said: “This season has just got better and better for these boys.
“To reach a national cup final is one thing, but to have the chance to represent England in an international tournament is staggering.
“The boys are incredibly excited, it promises to be a superb week and one I’m sure the lads will remember for the rest of their lives.
“The whole school is very proud of them all.”
Blacon High School will take on Richmond-based Ibstock Place School at the Madejski Stadium on Wednesday, May 21.
Blacon beat Savio Salesian College (Bootle), Stanley High School (Sefton), Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, De La Salle School (Liverpool), Repton School (Derby) and Durham Community Business College to reach the final.
Both games are being played as part of the three-day PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival, which is expected to attract a crowd of more than 5,000 people.